Caught In The Middle

Photo by Nikolay Shulga from Pexels.com I am not going to talk about all my mishaps in life being caught in the middle, for example my humiliating experience as a mediator. Wait a second, actually the mediation was a success, and the two battling parties eventually made peace and even managed to be socially friendly. … Continue reading Caught In The Middle

Rags To Riches With A Twist (Flash Fiction)

Image by Jeniffer Tan from Pixabay Flash Fiction #132 "The Free market is the most efficient, Loh." Mot says while reading the Financial Times in the main cabin of his yacht. His butler, Loh, standing behind him, is a little out of spirit, considering the fact that he might be dismissed and the yacht can … Continue reading Rags To Riches With A Twist (Flash Fiction)

Learning Something New

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, Schweiz, from Pixabay I really couldn't believe this, but I googled it and it was right before my eyes: If one wants to replace an electric water heater in New Jersey, one has to apply for a plumbing permit and an electric permit at the township. And the only reason I … Continue reading Learning Something New

I Think I Know But I Don’t

floating river market Image by rajukale119 from Pixabay Years ago, I was a saleswoman for company X for a short period of time. Since it is a big company in New York and the surrounding area, I don't want to name the name--I guess it will not really look good for the company. Our targets … Continue reading I Think I Know But I Don’t

Quote Of the Day: Josie’s Story

Image by Pavan Prasad from Pixabay Quote Of The Day #56 Josie grew up in a small town near Chicago. Her family was chaotic and her parents were not very responsible. She was actually a small town drunkard's angry daughter, a young woman already haunted by grim memories and oppressed by an inextinguishable resentment over … Continue reading Quote Of the Day: Josie’s Story

Quote Of The Day: The Descriptions Of Immigrants

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Quote Of The Day #54 One thing I like about the book in my last post here is that there are many descriptions of immigrants that are carefully crafted and beautifully written. Although the author is a 3rd generation immigrant, he grew up in an immigrant neighborhood and had a … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: The Descriptions Of Immigrants

Zina’s Game Plan (Flash Fiction Part 3)

Image by AnjaGh from Pixabay This is the third and last part of the story. The first part is here and the second part is here. The end of June sees Chris starting his summer break and the family having sold their house in Mount Oak. Zina is still searching for a private school for … Continue reading Zina’s Game Plan (Flash Fiction Part 3)

Things To Write About

Image by annmariephotography from Pixabay I have no idea what to write about tonight. So I think I will make a list of the things that I can write, you know, kind of like a brainstorm process. The Cat Fight The first thing comes into my mind was an incident happened many years ago between … Continue reading Things To Write About

The School Bully (Flash Fiction)

Image by John Hain from Pixabay Flash Fiction #119 -- This story is modified from two real life events. Nali was an 11-year-old girl, living in the staff quarter of a rural university on the edge of Mongolian Steppe. Her mother worked there. The place was so remote that cars, buses, bikes, donkeys, horses, and … Continue reading The School Bully (Flash Fiction)

The Alternative Life

"It often makes me think about the alternative." My friend E says. She is a very nice, cute girl full of common sense. By the say, she is also a nurse living in Queens borough of New York City. Once she told me that many of her colleagues complain that they have to try very … Continue reading The Alternative Life

Mischievous Great Aunt (Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction #113 My great aunt Zu, my grandfather's eldest sister, had long been dead before I was born. Even my father had never met her. However her story has a longevity nobody had expected. My father enjoyed talking about her. Somehow I suspected that he did this for my benefit--the moral of his story … Continue reading Mischievous Great Aunt (Flash Fiction)

Friday’s Feeling

I just feel that I've been busy all day today, but achieve very little. My mind and my time are all occupied by trivial, repetitive, and predictable things. And when I finally sit down to write something, I feel that I have nothing to write about. I could write the second part of the flash … Continue reading Friday’s Feeling

Quote Of The Day: Life In The 18th Century

Quote Of The Day #39 I've got this habit of picking up books from the local grocery store. They are very good sleep aids--reading several pages can put me to sleep much quicker than watching videos on my cell phone. Then last week I picked up "The Loyal Son" by Daniel Mark Epstein and surprisingly … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Life In The 18th Century

Happy New Year 2022

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay I don't have a new year resolution since I know that I will never be able to keep it. Weather it's an exercise routine, a diet regime, a time management plan, or an avowed improvement on my imperfect manner, I will abandon it within a week and go back … Continue reading Happy New Year 2022

Pursuit Of Happiness Part 2

Image by inno kurnia from Pixabay This is the second part of the story. The first part of the story is here. Taimu unexpectedly shows up at the Ivy Training Center. "Why did you come? I told you I would come to pick up the kid. You know you never listen to me. That's your … Continue reading Pursuit Of Happiness Part 2

Thanksgiving Family Stories

Image by Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay There are several Thanksgiving stories I can write. I haven't formed them in completion yet, but the contents are already there, except an interesting ending. Often there are so much time spent on ending while other parts of a story are not getting enough attention. A Thanksgiving Wedding Chef … Continue reading Thanksgiving Family Stories

Quote Of The Day #32

Finally, I am finishing reading this very entertaining and very pessimistic book. And the last 20% of the book is even more fun to read than the previous chapters. One funny thing about Mencken is that he is against all the major wars. He doesn't like the Civil War and he thinks the South should … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #32

Things I Have Unlearned

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Unlearning is as important as learning in our life, and often unlearning is harder than learning because unlearning requires the wisdom to recognize the unsuitability of the past learning, the will for the change, and the diligence to apply the change. A lot of time I just feel that … Continue reading Things I Have Unlearned

Quote Of The Day #28

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay He is chronically and unescapably deceived, not only by the other animals and by the delusive face of nature herself, but also and more particularly by himself—by his incomparable talent for searching out and embracing what is false, and for overlooking and denying what is true. The capacity for … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #28

Life And Love

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay This is based on a true story. Let's just say her name was Arong. She worked as a team manager for a big energy company that provides electricity to a big Asian city about four decades ago. As in many developing countries, the energy company is … Continue reading Life And Love

A Habit Outliving Its Usefulness

Image by naoamano from Pixabay My grandmother on my mother's side spent the first thirty years of her life in a fishing village, where the only livelihood was fishing or fishing related trades. That was before the arrival of modern boats and other modern equipment. Needless to say, unexpected weather conditions or ocean waves could … Continue reading A Habit Outliving Its Usefulness

Mellow Fruitfulness

Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay When I was young, living in the staff quarter of a rural college south of Mongolian steppe, I often heard fruit stories from my mother's friends who had migrated from the south. My favorite bits were oranges knocking on your shoulder, waking up with olives about to jump into … Continue reading Mellow Fruitfulness

The July 4th Long Weekend

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay There are a lot of fireworks, big or small, in Edison Township over the weekend and one very exuberant one just blasted off outside of my window by a neighbor I guess. This year's celebration is obviously more intense than last year, or any previous year. … Continue reading The July 4th Long Weekend

Resilient But Divided

When I was young, there's an old guy in our neighborhood who was rumored to have a colorful life--a farmer turned bandit, a bandit turned soldier turned small business owner. He's been to Russia and several other countries for business and had some beautiful souvenirs on display, which were covered under a piece of embroidered … Continue reading Resilient But Divided

The Controversy (Flash Fiction #32)

Photo by Providence Doucet on Unsplash "There's an ancient fable about a vendor selling spears and shields by the road. A bunch of spears are displayed tidily on his left with a sign that says,'the world's best spears that can puncture any shield.' On his right, there is a pile of shield on which there … Continue reading The Controversy (Flash Fiction #32)

How To Talk (Flash Fiction #31)

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay "I love this house when it's in my dream and it's being built. Once I live here, it’s a very different story." Armei says at the dinner table. Armei and Pammy and Lulu are good friends and also their husbands get along with each other. For this Saturday, the … Continue reading How To Talk (Flash Fiction #31)

She Has News (Flash Fiction #26)

Image by jplenio from Pixabay "Yashin, you can't stop talking, can you? Every time we chat, you have such bad news about mass shootings, Asians being attacked on the streets of New York, or some other disasters. When you exhaust the U.S. news, you talk about Mongolians' invasion of Burma in the 13th century." Lalin … Continue reading She Has News (Flash Fiction #26)

Witchcraft And Cat Woman

Although I didn't grow up reading science fiction or fantasy books, I've always loved TV shows about witchcraft or cat woman. They are quirky, fun, frightening, charming and a lot more. That's until I read this book "Witch, A Tale Of Terror". Suddenly my happy witch meal becomes un-chewable and unappetizing when I know that … Continue reading Witchcraft And Cat Woman

Language Chaos And Empress Ki

New York City, as an international metropolis, is saved from a chaotic language scene due to the fact that English is so universal now that most people learn some English in school. In many parts of the world, for example in a large part of Asia, this is not enough and extra training in language … Continue reading Language Chaos And Empress Ki

A Beloved Rebel

He was born in either Suyab of present-day Kyrgyzstan or around Lake Baikal in Russia. Some even say he's born in Ghazni of Afghanistan. The exact location is still in dispute. His personality and life choices are a lot like Lord Byron, the 19th century romantic era poet, even though he lived in an era … Continue reading A Beloved Rebel